Friday 12 January 2024

The Rebuttal to 'Objection on Islam' that the God of Islam, Allah, is most definitely not the God of the Bible

There have ben many a objection by non-Muslims which are raised almost every now and then aginst Islam. While mostly these objections are based on incorrect information or lies against Islam, for which answers and response is given befittingly by Muslim scholars accordingly.

However, the objection that God of Islam, Allah, is most certainly no the God of Bible is one such objection to which I and almost all Muslims agree, and even Jews would subscribe to this objection. Yes certainly Allah is not 'that God' which Bible followers follow. 

But before we go in to  the rebuttal of the objection being raised, let us define who God really is:

In monotheistic belief systems, God is viewed as the supreme being, creator, and principal object of faith, as against the polytheistic belief systems, wherein a god is "a spirit or being believed to have created, or for controlling some part of the universe or life, for which such a deity is often worshipped".

In the afore mentioned definition, God is one entity and cannot have multiple assistances or helpers to rule over His creations. This God has been the God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Job, Jonah and Moses. And this the same God, which is also God of Muslims. Since God in Arabic is translated as Allah, for the Qur'an too is in Arabic, Muslims call God of all previous prophets as well as God of last prophet Muhammad ﷺ as Allah. 

Interestingly, in the Arabic translation of all types of Bibles, God of Christians is translated as Allah. If Allah, as Christians believe, is a god of pagan Arabs, then how come they have conceded to this translation of God in Arabic as Allah?  

Herein under is the testimony of there being Only One Lord as has been referred to in Deuteronomy 5:1-9 New International Version (NIV), The Ten Commandments:
5   Moses  summoned  all Israel and said: "Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws:  I. declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors[a] that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. 4 The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. 5 (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.)"
And he said:
6 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.7 “You shall have no other gods before[b] me8 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

And in line with the same Divine commandment to Moses, Muslims also strongly believe that there is only One God, we call Allah in Arabic, and that He has no assistances and helpers to manage His entire universe. In the Holy Qur'an, Chapter 112 Surah Al Ikhlas, the same concept is repeated when Allah addresses His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and tells him to pronounce and tell others who Allah is: Say: “He is Allah, the One and Unique;

And this above referred surah is not the only one in which Allah strictly says of Himself being the Only One with no partners, associates or helpers, what to talk of a son, to run the affairs of the universe and heavens:

  • Allah is only One DeityHe is far too exalted that He should have a son: whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth belongs to Him. (Surah An-Nisa, Ayat 171).
  • Note it well: they, in fact, invent a falsehood when they say, Allah has children. They are utter liars. (Surah As-Saaffat, Ayats 151-152).
  • They have invented a blood-relationship between Allah and the angels, whereas the angels know well that these people will be brought up (as culprits). (Surah As-Saaffat, Ayat 158).
  • These people have made some of His servants to be part of Him. The fact is that man is manifestly ungrateful. (Surah Az-Zukhruf, Ayat l5).
Now coming over the the God of the Bible and the objection that the Allah is not the God of the Bible.  First of all it must be made very clear that we Muslims therefore firmly believe that Prophet Eesa (Jesus, may peace be upon him) was one of the true messengers of Allah who was endowed with the holy scripture of Injeel (The Bible).

When Christians say God of Bible, they in fact refer to the concept of Trinity which goes tangent to the definition of God of Jews and Muslims, for there can never be an assistance or anyone at par with One True God. This is very interesting, that in the same Bible, there are contradictions. On one hand, Prophet Eesa (Jesus) proclaims oneness of God and at the same time in other places Jesus is quoted to have said that he himself is God. Let us quote here few examples from Bible about the Oneness of God or otherwise: 

Do you remember what Jesus’ Father did one day when Jesus was with three of his followers?— Yes, God spoke all the way from heaven to tell them: “This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.”—Matthew 17:5.

Jesus was the only person to be born of a mortal mother, Mary, and an immortal father, God the Father. That is why Jesus is called the Only Begotten Son of God.[Reference]

(This is something that is refuted by Qur'an in the third verse of the Surah Al Ikhlas that He (Allah) neither begot any nor was He begotten, which clearly means that neither He (Allah) has an offspring nor is He the offspring of another. )

And yet it is said in Bible: 

"The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his SERVANT Jesus (Acts 3:13) - The Qur'an expresses the same sense in the similar words: " He who obeys the Apostle (Muhammad) obeys Allah." (Qur'an 4:80) 

22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.  (Acts 2:22-23)

If despite this very clear verse from Bible, its followers still claim Jesus to be God (rather some believe him to be the only god), one cannot argue much for then there is no further imagination to make Jesus as God. Therefore Muslims do not subscribe to the concept of Trinity nor take Prophet Eesa as son of God, for Jesus is like all other messengers and prophets of Allah, though born in miraculous circumstances.

And let us quote what an ordinary Jesus followers believed (this part of the conversation I picked up from Facebook - but no names to observe privacy):

Jehova the Almighty God is the heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ is the same Jehova the Almighty God 

Are you saying Jesus is the same person as the Father?


You are confusing: When Jesus said" the Father is greater than I", "The Father is greater than all"

So when Jews killed Jesus according to Gospels, did they kill your God? But Bible says that God is immortal. Who is telling lies: you or your Bible?

I have quoted the examples so that even an ordinary believer could understand the concept. There can be numerous arguments which can be quoted from the Holy Quran, but to cut the discussion short, it should be noted that the Arabic word “Allah” contains a deep religious message due to its root meaning and origin.  This is because it stems from the Arabic verb ta’allaha (or alaha), which means “to be worshiped.”  Thus in Arabic, the word “Allah” means “The One who deserves all worship.”  This, in a nutshell, is the Pure Monotheistic message of Islam. And as per chapter 112 quoted above, The One True God or Allah is the One who has all these four unique attributes.

Note: Please our earlier post to substantiate our view point: Understanding Islam: Who is Allah? Is He the same God as that of Jews and Christians?

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

You may read more posts on countering / responding to lies / misinformation and disinformation about Islam: The Rebuttal: Countering disinformation being spread about Islam (Reference Page)

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Verses from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages  and Understanding Al Qur'an for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.
Photo | Tafsir References: | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that the exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi.  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided, additional input has been interjected from the following sources: 
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Translation Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Qur'an Wiki
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
In addition, references of other sources which have been explored have also been given above. Those desirous of detailed explanations and tafsir (exegesis), may refer to these sites.

Disclaimer: The material for this post has been collected from the references given above. If anyone differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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